PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — To the casual observer it has all the appearances of organized chaos. But, it’s anything but that.
“We’ve been planning this for over a year, and we finally put it together,” said Alex Wilson, the organizer of Pine-Richland High School’s lip-dup video.
Many local school districts are now making annual lip-dub videos, which are a rolling lip sync of a song involving the entire student body in one continuous shot.
“It makes it more difficult and everyone loves a challenge, and I believe that the definition of what an actual lip dub is,” says Wilson.
Lip dubbing has become the stuff of high school rivalry as each school tries to make their videos look spontaneous, moving from room to room with lots of group participation – one upping, and sometimes, mocking rival schools.
“Absolutely,” says Whitney Linn, of Pine-Richland. “We had a few feuds last year and got some inspiration from other schools, and that helped us produce what we have produced right now.”
This has become such a school pride experience that Pine-Richland made academic adjustments.
“We compacted our class schedule,” said Pine-Richland Principal Nancy Bowman. “We have 11 class periods and we compacted it so that all of the students could come out here at 1:30 and celebrate together as a whole group.”
Time and time again they practiced.
“It is extremely hard. This whole set up probably weighs around 35 to 40 pounds,” said photographer Elliot Clay.
After 10 rehearsals, it was go time.
“We got it down pat to where we didn’t mess up,” said Wilson.
Look for the video to hit social media next week.